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I now found myself every weekend driving to this nearby state obsessed with the antics, grace and power of these magnificent birds. I am now considered the "Swan Lady" by hundreds and my life has never been the same. I shoot in conditions which are brutal at times, often 20-30 below zero, on the river with just the swans since normal people stay INSIDE. But I've decided if you want to capture their true spirit, you must immerse yourself no matter what the temperature or conditions. I have thousands of Swan images, but this glorious shot was taken on a 25 below zero day in the winter as I sat on the frozen shore with this massive Trumpeter heading straight toward me and shore!
I am now following some Trumpeters as it is nesting season and will soon have the ultimate photographer's gift - new life of my beloved Swans. I will forever wonder where my adored Royal Mute Swans were removed to - named Isabelle and Ferdinand, as I never found out. I returned to my little lake, a new pair are now there, but Isabelle and Ferdinand are out there, perhaps enthralling others on a new lake, stealing hearts, bringing laughter and joy, taking my heart with them.